New Board of Directors

On the 29th March 2018, PQFG held it’s Annual General Meeting.  Overall the meeting was well attended and we would like to thank everyone that came out and thanks to those who were key in organising the event.

Introducing your new board of Directors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The BOD photo depicts from left to right:  Don Mcllhargey, Phil Betts, Bob Patterson, Rion Porteous, Julie Blood (Secretary), Rod Wiebe (Vice President), Don Jordan, Lynn Wiebe (Treasurer), Doug Kitts (President).  Missing from photo:  Bruce Wall, Phil Charlesbois and Gordon Gebhardt.

 

 

Marion Baker Hatchery Report – April 2018

Marion Baker Hatchery Report

Our Chum (estimated at 100,000) and Coho (estimated at 35,000) fry are packing on the weight (actually grams) as they compete for the tasty, nutritious fish food morsels that we toss into their tanks three times a day. We’re estimating that by the end of April, the Chum will have grown enough (approximately 1 gram in size) to be released into the French Creek. The Chum will then proceed directly out to the ocean.

The Coho fry will have their adipose fin clipped to identify them as hatchery reared fish sometime in June prior to their release. If you are available to help with the fin clip or would like to drop by and see what the process entails or take part in the fry transport to various locations up French Creek please call or send an e-mail to Don at donjor56@shaw.ca. It is an interesting experience with a wide assortment of jobs and a devoted and fun group of volunteers. Coffee, donuts and lunch are provided.

Pete Redford (volunteer boss man) 250-752-6388 predford@shaw.ca 

Don Jordan  250-586-0761  donjor56@shaw.ca

BCWF Report April 25, 2017 – Rod Wiebe

BCWF Report

Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game Assn

April 25, 2017

It has been almost a year since I distributed a BCWF report to the membership.  There is no explanation for this other than reports from any of our Club Committees to our general membership have been few and far between.  Possibly, our club has become so large that the sub-cutures that have developed tend to communicate most with those who share their primary interest and ignore the rest of our membership.  Still, the majority of our members do care how all the components of our club are doing.

The BCWF has a database of email addresses that club members have included in their contact information.  These members get a weekly member update so a lot of BCWF information does get out there, at least, to those who want it.  My job will be to fill in some blanks with that, hopefully, with some consistency.  I also have to confess it is Beth, our newsletter person, who is nagging us back to action with our reporting.

Last weekend our club sent delegates to the BCWF Region 1 AGM held at the Courtenay club facility on Comox Lake.  There are 17 Vancouver Island clubs forming Region 1 with delegates from Victoria to Campbell River in attendance.  All the committees, Tidal Fisheries, Access, Firearms, Aboriginal Relations, etc reported on their activity over the last quarter.  The major item of discussion on the agenda was around access to private lands here on V.I.  There is actually a bit of controversy going on within club ranks around a consistent position in discussions with logging companies regarding increased public access to their lands.

Basically, the difference comes down to an absence of a clear Region policy, supported by all the V.I. clubs, regarding public access to private land.  The BCWF, Provincially and Regionally, have always advocated for public access to public lands but, other than the BCWF Outdoor Passport Program for access to private lands by BCWF members, there is no clear policy regarding advocacy for general public access to those same lands.

Logging companies have increased their outreach to local F&G clubs, ATV clubs, fisherfolks, horse people, etc in the recent past.  Their focus has been, understandably, on groups that have demonstrated responsible use of our landscape most with liability coverage for their members.  Usually these invitations have been to local clubs separate from the V.I. Region who has been the spokesman for us.  This has resulted in some disconnect between the V.I Region Access Committee and some clubs with the Victoria F&G club negotiating an access agreement for their members only exclusive of other BCWF affiliated club members.  This separation is contrary to the principle of inclusion which is at the very heart of BCWF service to its members.

Unqualified access to the general public has been a non-starter for any private land owner and any group advocating this starts out on the wrong foot in discussions with private land holders regarding access to their properties.  Some conditions to accessing private lands can be negotiated; others must be accepted and restrictions on who is admissible are to be expected.

Our club has ongoing discussion with Island Timberlands around access to their lands.  We have leaned towards access for any BCWF member, not just our club members in the expectation that a neighbouring club would speak likewise.  As a club we have good intuition regarding private landowners interests and been fairly silent on access for the general public.  Our Region representatives, however, are more vocal about allowing access on a broader scale.  So far we are all getting along but it would be a sad day if the clubs get Balkanized by different agreements on access to Private lands.  All the clubs, except the Victoria club it would seem, realize this and support getting together with our Regional representatives to review the current policy around access to private lands for mutual support.

This subject is currently the main subject of discussion and action by the F&G clubs on Vancouver Island.

Respectfully submitted

Rod Wiebe, Past President PQF&G 1992 – 1998

Richard Thompson – final address March 2018

To All Club Members

From Richard Thompson, outgoing President, Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game

March 9th, 2018

Fellow Members:

I have not been producing a monthly article because it is the club volunteers that have been driving the club’s activities.  I would like to list a few that they have completed while I was president.

  • Archery continues to draw members, especially youth. They have upgraded their winter facilities and constructed a storage building to handle their targets. Our 2 ranges have welcomed their use as well.  They have been able to produce a number of members who have done well in provincial competitions.

 

  • Henry range upgraded its ranges and added a new one. This was a multiyear project lead by John Willson.  At this time we need to also mention that our community supporters have supplied hundreds of hours of labour and heavy equipment to make many of our projects come true.

 

  • Dorman Range has continued to upgrade its facilities to allow easier use by our challenged members and visitors. Cement walkways were put in by volunteers, financed by a grant from our MLA Michelle Stillwell.

 

  • Dorman has also seen a major upgrade in their storage facility on site. They have added equipment to help in the movement of the supplies that our located there.
  • Our hatchery continues to produce fry with help from members, outside volunteers and DF0. New pumps and waning systems have helped reduce loss by low water within the hatchery and much easier management of the hatchery.

 

  • We have moved to a more on-line program for registration. While some members still do not use it. A high percentage do, thereby reducing costs and volunteer time.

 

I can’t claim credit for any of these.

 

Yet it has not all been easy. We had to deal with the move to withdrawn from the BCWF.  Members spoke and voted overwhelmingly to remain.

We are starting to feel the effect of our volunteers aging.  This year, for the first time in many years, we had to cancel the banquet.  We found no one to take it on.  Our summer picnic has followed the same path.  While we can fund it, we cannot find the people to manage it.

 

We have attempted to work at increasing our focus on Fishing with no luck.  We have the volunteers but how to manage remains a problem.

 

We have dealt with disputes within the club and the need to follow club and range rules.  Some members still stray from these and everyone needs to police them.

Finally, we became landlords.  We purchased the mobiles at Henry and Dorman and have 2 great sets of people sharing the general upkeep of the sites.  Whether this was a good idea, time will tell.

I have had the privilege of serving with some very dedicated people over my 4 years.  Your Board has had representatives who wanted to see the club succeed

A final thank you to all those members who have done the work and allowed me the right to call myself President, Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game